Fortunately, we found another local man that agreed to restore the Javelin. Of course the closest comparison for me was the 77 Olds Starfire that I dumped to buy it. A comparison road test of four 1970 pony cars by described the Javelin's interior as the roomiest with good visibility except for a small blind spot in the right rear quarter and the hood scoop, while also offering the biggest trunk with 10. Although we try to do our very best to be accurate in our description writing we are human and do make mistakes. The car also featured spoilers front and rear for high-speed traction. Kaplan was proactive about correcting problems and fixing the engine oiling problems.
The Mustang easily outsold the Marlin partly due to the Marlins large 112-inch wheelbase. The 1973 401 cu in 6. The Go-Package came with the option of the four-barrel 343 or 390 engine. Built for Trans Am Racing, the rules required factory production of 2,500 spoiler-equipped vehicles. It is meshed with an automatic transmission. After receiving the 1969 cars, Penske learned the Kaplan had done much suspension work but still believed more improvements could be made. Its design was uncluttered and smooth with its split front grille and semi-fastback roofline.
Linda did want a few items on the engine chromed air cleaner and valve covers and she also wanted the wheels painted to match the color of the body. Produced in two generations, the Javelin continued on until 1974, from 1968 through 1970 and from 1971 through 1974. By this time, the pony car market segment was declining in popularity. He painted his bright orange, and I mean blindingly bright. The Javelin was available only as a two-door hardtop and either in economical versions or as a high-performance muscle car. This was followed by the front anti-dive modifications.
The Javelin repeated its success in the following two years. The fabric for the seat faces was produced by Chatham Mills. A special model was produced during 1972 and 1973 with optional interior design by fashion designer Pierre Cardin. Sales in 1973 dipped quite substantially and in addition to government mandating of engine emissions the following year would affect all high-compression gasoline engines produced in Mexico. First time I got through one of your comments without mentally running out of breath! Mileage on vehicles as odometer states — accuracy unknown with a few exceptions. To reduce glare on the inside the interior was completely lacking of bright trim.
Since they had the largest and most usable back seat of the U. New in the interior for 1970 was a collapsible steering column with built-in ignition switch with anti-theft lock and a new simulated three-spoke sports steering wheel with a central bulls eye emblem. It was arm strong steering and crank down windows but I loved the car all the same and wish I still had her today. Interior air was extracted through flow-through ventilation via apertures in the doors controlled by adjustable flap valves in the bottom of the door armrests. Despite a saturation of international brands, American Motors Corporation managed to establish a presence and the Rambler Classic and Rambler American were locally assembled in the Philippines by Luzon Machineries Inc. Wheelbase was increased by 1-inch 25 mm to 110 in 2,794 mm.
The design had multi-colored pleated stripes in red, plum, white, and silver on a black background. Units with four-speed manual transmissions incorporated a Hurst linkage as factory-installed equipment, which was previously available only with the optional Go Pack package and separately in certain dealerships. A nice mechanically sound machine! In both standard and Go Pack versions. The Mexican-made 1968 Javelin produced 155 hp, 8. The headliner was the trickiest part. With a top speed of 120 mph and ability to achieve a quarter mile in just 15. From 1974 until 1998, my wife put 118,000 miles on the Javelin as a daily driver.
This Javelin actually began life as a 1970 model, but was updated to 1971 sheetmetal. The only other technical difference of the new version was a 3. A total of 2,501 were built to homologate the Donohue-designed rear ducktail spoiler and were emblazoned with his signature on the right hand side. Some enthusiasts at the time were mad at my friend Jeff for taking this interior out of the original Pierre Cardin and moving it to his better Javelin, but it was ultimately easier that way. .
Powering the 'Trans-Am' was the 390 cu in 6. Floor-mounted shifters linked to the ignition switch regardless of the type of transmission added a secondary anti-theft mechanism. Except for the lack of intake porting, these heads were same units used in the Go Pack engines. Inside and out, the Javelin absolutely exudes pose appeal. Kaplan went to Vic Edlebrock for assistance in developing a cross-ram manifold. These right hand drive models were marketed under the historic Rambler name. Painted in Big Bad Blue with a white vinyl top, it is a great color scheme in relation to its white interior.
There is no denying the Javelin is a 100% eye-grabber and neck turner. It sat on two flat tires, had a huge accumulated oil stain on the concrete under it, and the front end was slightly boffed. If the minivans had come out in 84 with a slant six I think it would have married the best of both eras. A new 'aero' design that sometimes matched the car's body color was featured in the exterior rear view mirror. Ford replaced its original Mustang with smaller four-cylinder versions, other pony car manufactures downsized their engines, and Javelin's big engine option continued until the production model ended in the late fall of 1974.